In the Vineyard

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Part 5: In the Vineyards: The Big Storm

Alfrieda and Niklaas Hanse, supervisors at Spier’s Nooitgedacht farm, have started the first day of harvest. Follow the 'big storm'.

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Part 4: In the Vineyards: 42°C

Meet Alfrieda and Niklaas Hanse, supervisors at Spier’s Nooitgedacht farm, and find out more about the preparations for harvest.

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Part 3: In the Spier Vineyards: "It all depends on this"

Meet Niklaas Hanse, a supervisor at Spier’s Nooitgedacht farm.

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Our Experts

Winemaking Philosophy

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Since he joined us in 1996, Cellar Master Frans Smit has harnessed more than three centuries of winemaking history to transform Spier from a small cellar into a major, award-winning Stellenbosch producer. He and his team are passionate about crafting, with minimal interference, wines that are truly expressive of their terroir.

Awards

Spier wins gold at 2020 Inspirational Africa Responsible Tourism Awards

SPIER WINS GOLD AT 2020 INSPIRATIONAL AFRICA RESPONSIBLE TOURISM AWARDS

Spier's commitment to Growing for Good, a range of initiatives that empower communities to make a positive social and environmental change, was recognised by judges.

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SPIER’S 21 GABLES CHENIN BLANC IS A SHOO-IN ACCORDING TO PLATTER’S 2020 SOUTH AFRICAN WINE GUIDE

SPIER’S 21 GABLES CHENIN BLANC IS A SHOO-IN ACCORDING TO PLATTER’S 2020 SOUTH AFRICAN WINE GUIDE

The Platter’s 2020 South African Wine Guide has awarded a coveted five-star rating - the guide’s highest ranking - to Spier’s 21 Gables Chenin Blanc 2018. It is the second year in a row that the 21 Gables Chenin Blanc has received this prized accolade from Platter’s.

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Spier breaks record: wins 9 Double Gold medals at Veritas Wine Awards 2019

SPIER BREAKS RECORD: WINS 9 DOUBLE GOLD MEDALS AT VERITAS WINE AWARDS 2019

At the Veritas Wine Awards gala dinner in Cape Town on Friday 11 October 2019, Spier Wine Farm received nine Double Gold medals – the most ever awarded to a wine producer since the prestigious competition began in 1991. Spier also received a further seven Gold medals on the night.

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Accreditations

Accreditations and accolades:

Sustainability is woven through every aspect of our business. On our organically-certified farm, free-roaming livestock and chickens are reared in pastures without the use of antibiotics or hormones, while fruit and vegetables are grown without artificial fertiliser or pesticides. Extensive tracts of alien vegetation have been removed, and more than a million indigenous plants replanted. 100% of black- and grey-water and more than 98% of solid waste is recycled. Our water conservation and boosting of biodiversity saw Spier recognised as one of the WWF Conservation Champions.

Spier has also been recognised by various other external organisations – including Fair Trade in Tourism (FTTSA), and is a member of the Wine Industry Ethical Trade Associations (WIETA), promoting and adhering to an ethical code of conduct to transform the agricultural sector. The Spier winery is FSSC 22000 and organically-certified, and in 2019 became the first winery in the world to receive Control Union Vegan Standard certification by the accredited certifying body Control Union. Both the cellar and the farm follow the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) criteria.